Snowshoe For Your Supper
Inn at Round Barn Farm, Waitsfield, VT
For an uncommonly sublime night, grab some friends and meet at the Inn at Round Barn Farm, which twice a month hosts a moonlight dinner hike for up to 20. Strap on snowshoes and a headlamp (unless, of course, there's a full moon, which will pave the trails with shimmering diamonds) and follow your guides through gentle meadows and a quiet pine forest.
After walking for about 40 minutes, you'll arrive at a cabin—your restaurant for the evening. Warm up at the bonfire or at the wood stove inside. For the next couple of hours you'll feast on Vermont cheese, bacon-wrapped scallops, beef bourguignon, and, for dessert, s'mores. If you're smart, you've asked one of the guides to bring along a bottle of wine for you. If you're brilliant, you've booked a night (with Jacuzzi) back at the 12-room inn, which takes its name from the adjacent round barn, a century-old Shaker-style creation that is one of the last of its kind in New England.
As an overnighter at the inn, you'll breakfast on seasonal local foods. Work that off with another round of snowshoeing: The farm has 80 acres of marked trails.
Snowshoe dinner hike, $90 per person; 1661 E. Warren Rd., Waitsfield, VT, 802-496-2276, theroundbarn.com